TORCH RELAY FINAL HELD IN YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK

The final stage of the relay of the 1st Winter  Children of Asia Sports Games took place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The symbol of the grand sports event was carried through the streets by 40 torchbearers, representing Sakhalin sport, art, culture, and the partners and sponsors of the Children of Asia. The start of the relay in Lenina Square was given by Mr. Pavel KOLOBKOV, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation, who received the relay torch from the mayor of the city Sergey NADSADIN.

— Congratulations to everyone! On behalf of the Ministry of Sports and in my personal capacity, I welcome you all to the torch relay of the 1st Winter Children of Asia Games in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk! Exactly 50 days ago the flame of the Games was lit in Yakutia. Then it overcame a long distance by air and water and visited all the municipalities. It was met by all the residents of Sakhalin. In the next 10 days, 800 athletes will compete for medals in 91 disciplines, — told the Minister.

The distance of the relay in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk was about two kilometers and passed through the most famous and picturesque places of the regional center. The symbol of the Games visited the Sakhalin Regional Museum, where it was handed to the Ambassador of the Games rapper L’One, the International Theater Center after A.P.Chekhov, the memorials in Slava Square and Pobedy Square, where the flame will stay before the Opening Ceremony. It takes place at the Spartak stadium today.

— Everything was awesome, but it ended up quickly. I’m proud — such a thing has never happened in my life. I’ve never touched the torches of Olympics, even though these are for children. Now I am performing as a trainer — my guys are in alpine skiing. Of course, they are very excited — for them, this is for the first time. It’s good that we are home, where mountains help, — said Ms. Vladislava BUREEVA, an alpine skier from Sakhalin.

The Children of Asia Games starts in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk today, on February 9. The first competitions are held in short track, cross country skiing and ice hockey.